CAM-6CB16D: Post-Medieval Coin : A worn Tudor coin, probably a halfgroat of Elizabeth I, North no.2016.

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COIN

Unique ID: CAM-6CB16D

Object type certainty: Certain
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A worn and corroded silver halfgroat of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), Third issue (North 2016), minted at London. Ref: North 1991: 137.

The obverse is worn and almost completely illegible but two pellets and part of a left-facing bust are visible. The legend is almost completely illegible but seems to read [...]INA[...]. The original obverse legend is likely to have read: E.D.G. ROSA SINE SPINA. The obverse mint mark is illegible. The reverse shows a worn royal shield over long cross fourchee dividing the legend, no date above. Reverse legend reads CIVI/[TAS/LON]/DON. The reverse mint mark is unclear but is probably a crescent (1587-1589).

Die axis is probably 6 o'clock. Weight: 0.91g; diameter: 16.5mm; thickness: 0.4mm.

Compare with SOM-00C98F which also has a Crescent mintmark and SOM-2A8D69 which has a Tun mintmark.

This coin is either debased or, possibly more likely, has come into contact with some form or chemical, either in an attempt to clean the coin or as reaction with the tannins in the wooden joint of the mortice and tenon where the coin was found.

Discussion: This could be a coin, penny, of Henry VI, AD 1485-1509 or Henry VIII, AD 1509-1509, but the lettering on this coin does not look elaborate enough to be a coin from these reigns. It could be a base silver penny of Edward VI, AD 1547-1553, see Spink 2010, p.237, no.2474, however this is unlikely as the unclear reverse mint mark looks less like an escallop than crescent and the reverse legend rules out York as the mint. The unclear mint mark does not seem to match the options for Mary, AD 1553-1554, or Mary and Philip, AD 1554-1558.

Notes:

Found during spring 2014 between the wood within a mortice and tenon joint within a cottage during building works to replace a rotting joint. Found by the builder conducting the works who is also the owner of the property. This is evidence for the use of coin as a (probably) protective amulet within the house.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in PostMedArch

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1587
Date to: Circa AD 1590

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.4 mm
Weight: 0.91 g
Diameter: 16.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st March 2015 - Monday 30th June 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Helen Fowler
Identified by: Ms Helen Fowler
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Halfgroat (silver)
Ruler/issuer: Elizabeth I of England
Mint or issue place: The Tower of London
Category: English coin early Modern 1489 - 1660
Type: Halfgroat: Elizabeth I, 1582-1603 (N 2016)
Obverse description: The obverse although worn and corroded shows a crowned bust left with two pellets behind.
Obverse inscription: [...]INA[...]
Reverse description: The reverse shows a worn royal shield with long cross fourchee over, no date above.
Reverse inscription: CIVI/[TAS/LON]/DON
Initial mark: illegible
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Great Shelford Parish Area

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Building work
Discovery circumstances: Found during spring 2014 between the wood within a mortice and tenon joint within a cottage during building works to replace a rotting joint. Found by the builder conducting the works who is also the owner of the property.
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Other

References cited

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